During David Six's coaching era, the Hampton University Lady Pirates have become known for knocking off teams from power conferences, and they achieved their latest conquest Wednesday night.
Hampton (10-5) built a big lead and held on to beat ACC squad Boston College 60-57 at the HU Convocation Center. The Eagles fell to 6-6.
Senior guard Olivia Allen led the Lady Pirates with a career-high 19 points, shooting 6-for-7 effort at the free-throw line. Senior forward Keiara Avant of Chesapeake added 18 points and seven rebounds, while junior guard Nicole Hamilton, a former Phoebus High standout, had 13 points and four assists.
HU built a 24-9 advantage before BC began to chip away.
Nicole Boudreau hit two free throws with 22 seconds to play, cutting HU’s lead to 58-57 and capping a 9-0 BC run. Avant hit two free throws with 13 seconds left to put the Lady Pirates up 60-57.
Kerri Shields, who hit five 3-pointers on the night for the Eagles, tried to tie the game with a trey with 6 seconds left, but missed. Boudreau's shot fell off the mark as the clock ran out.
Winthrop 81, W&M 70
Despite 19 points, five rebounds and four assists from Janine Alridge, William and Mary (2-9) lost at Kaplan Arena to Winthrop (7-6).
Versatile Dequesha McClanahan led the Eagles with 14 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists. Diana Choibekova added 19 points, while Aliyah Kilpatrick chipped in with 15.
For W&M, sophomore Jazmen Boone poured in a career-high 17 points to go along with a team-high seven assists and six rebounds for W&M. Senior Emily Correal had a team-leading 13 rebounds and seven points.
A 7-0 run gave the Eagles a 29-22 lead, and they stayed ahead. The Tribe cut it to 64-62 before falling victim to a 10-2 Winthrop burst.
Whitny Edwards had 17 points and her twin, Britny, grabbed 10 rebounds as East Carolina earned a 71-53 victory at George Mason (5-6). The two transfers from U.Va. have helped the Pirates start 10-3.
Janaa Pickard's 16 points and Joyous Tharrington's 14 led the Patriots. Bethel High graduate Amber Easter had six rebounds but just five points, on 2-for-11 shooting. ...
All-American Elena Delle Donne added to her considerable legend, hitting a jump shot with 7-10ths of a second left in overtime to give Delaware a 60-59 victory at St. John's.
She had 29 points, hitting all 13 of her free throws, and a game-high 16 rebounds. The Blue Hens (9-3) have won four games in a row, including three in five days.
Christopher Newport (9-0), under new coach Bill Broderick, debuted in the d3hoops.com poll at No. 25.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun